Infant sleeping in crib

ABC’s of Safe Sleep

A - Alone in crib
B - Back to sleep
C - Crib empty of all objects 

Please remember to practice safe sleep by:

  • Placing the baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night
  • Keeping soft objects, toys, and loose bedding and blankets out of your baby’s sleep area and keep all other items away from your baby’s face
  • Don’t use pillows, blankets, quilts, sheepskins, or pillow-like crib bumpers in your baby’s sleep area

Remember Tummy Time

Put a thin blanket on a clean floor. When baby is awake and someone is watching, place baby on his or her stomach.

Tummy time is important because it:

  • Helps prevent flat spots on back of baby’s head
  • Makes neck and shoulder muscles strong so baby can start to sit up, crawl, and walk. Develops coordination and motor skills.
  • Helps baby learn to play and interact with his or her surroundings

Blankets are for tummy time, NOT FOR SLEEP.

For more information about Safe Sleep, log onto or ask your pediatrician.

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